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Sat Bains added Nucleus, a six-seater restaurant-within-a-restaurant, to his eponymous venue in June 2015.

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Summary

“Sat is a genius”, and the “edgy” and “amazingly executed” cuisine at his fringe-of-Nottingham HQ can be “beyond delicious”, both within the main dining room, or – if you want to push the boat out further – at ‘Nucleus’, a new six-seater chef’s table within his development kitchen. True “it is difficult to get away from the fact that it is a ’70s, brick, motel-like structure, in an industrial setting” amidst pylons and “under a ring road”, but for most reporters the “exceptional food more than compensates for the bizarre location”. Other niggles this year? – that it is “so expensive” seemed to grate a little more, and service – on most accounts “hugely professional” – also showed instances of being “a little automated”, or in the odd case even dictatorial.

£128
Exceptional
Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“You have to add this to your bucket list!” – Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms won the No. 1 slot this year in our listing of Top-100 UK Restaurants. It certainly doesn’t win its accolades for its location – on the edge of a city-fringe industrial estate, surrounded by fly-overs and pylons (once memorably described by the chef himself as ‘like finding a diamond in a piece of turd’). But in culinary terms, “it’s an experience from start to finish”, delivering “out-of-this-world, quirky and offbeat” dishes, with “amazing flavours”. A seat at the chef’s table provides a particularly good trip, and – for those in search of something even more ‘experiential’ – in June 2015 Sat Bains opened Nucleus, a ‘restaurant within-a-restaurant’ with just 6 seats and its own dedicated kitchen.

£125
Exceptional
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

The “strange” city-fringe location is a bit “Crossroads Motel”… but “once you’re inside you can’t see the flyover and pylons”, from Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms; “you’re here for the kitchen”, and the food is indeed “incredible” – just like the prices!

£111
Exceptional
Very Good
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Under the flyover and pylons is a strange setting” for this renowned restaurant-with-rooms, near the city limits; Sat Bains is “a really down-to-earth guy”, but his cooking is “stunning” and “continually surprising”“inventive without being plain stupid”; “it’s expensive for the Midlands” (and this location) however.

£109
Exceptional
Exceptional
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Reviews of Restaurant Sat Bains Restaurant in NG7, Nottingham by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Restaurant Sat Bains restaurant.
Philip B
Mostly excellent food, though with an unfor...
Reviewed 1 months, 13 days ago

"Mostly excellent food, though with an unfortunate tendency to add Indian spices where not appropriate."

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Peter M
There is always something new on the menu h...
Reviewed 6 months, 5 days ago

"There is always something new on the menu here. We like that Sat is always pushing our culinary boundarys. However these days he is also pushing the prices ever closer to the edge of reasonable. Service was as usual very efficient with quite a lot of new faces on this visit. Still not overkeen on the location."

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Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA
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Wed & Thur 6pm - 9pm, Fri & Sat 6pm - 9.45pm

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